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New to Streaming: ‘Kumiko,’ Wild Tales,’ ‘Manglehorn,’ ‘High Fidelity,’ and More

Written by on June 19, 2015 

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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)

Anton Corbijn‘s The American is a restrained, absorbing and visually staggering story of an assassin on his final mission, but the marketing sold it as star-powered, edge-of-your-seat thriller. With his follow-up, an adaptation of the John le Carré novel A Most Wanted Man, those expecting the former might be disappointed, as it sways to the latter, resulting in an above-average thriller that could have used a more unconventional visual approach. – Jordan R. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix, Amazon Prime

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

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What will likely be the highlight of the Cannes Film Festival: Jessica Hausner‘s Amour Fou. The Austrian director’s sixth film is ecstatically original: a work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom, and the tragedy beset by those trapped in its enclosed world. – Peter L. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)

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In an episode of my podcast, The Cinephiliacs, colleague Vadim Rizov noted a humorous but mostly essential statement when describing his disappointment with the movement of the Duplass Brothers into more mainstream territory: “Bros need independent movies, too.” Most depictions of “bro culture” have depended on some of the loudest names in Hollywood — Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Seth Rogen among others. The problem is that these bro movies often seem to focus on the pleasures and perils of being a bro — a subject only worthy of intermittent screen depiction — and few of them use that milieu to explore other factors. That’s what makes Buzzard, Joel Potrykus’s second feature, one of the most exciting pictures in contemporary American cinema. – Peter L. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime

Danny Collins (Dan Fogelman)

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The directorial debut of Dan Fogelman (the writer behind Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Tangled), Danny Collins follows Al Pacino as an aging rocker who tries to lead a better life after receiving a lost letter that had been sent to him by his idol John Lennon more than 40 years ago. With a strong central performance from Pacino, it’s a surprisingly moving and well-told drama even if it’s a touch too on-the-nose at times. – Leonard P.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

The Gunman (Pierre Morel)

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With Taken director Pierre Morel at the helm and an accomplished actor who is hoping for his action breakthrough (Sean Penn), one can’t fault The Gunman for selling itself as another iteration of the aforementioned Liam Neeson-led franchise in order to incur more ticket sales. And while it has the against-all-odds action sequences, the plight to return a kidnapped loved one to safety, haunted pasts, double crosses and a wealth of international locales, this actioner differs in an attempt to add a layer of real-life conflict. This grounded aspect — perhaps attributed to the humanitarian-minded Penn taking part in the writing and producing — often feels muddled alongside the cliched trappings of the action genre, but ultimately makes for a slightly better-than-average revenge thriller. – Jordan R. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)

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Stephen Frears and John Cusack have the balls to take the “John Cusack rom-com,” turn it upside down and shake it out, over and over again. This rock-accompanied meditation on relationships offers some of the best writing of the previous decade. Remember that scene when Jack Black‘s Barry belts “Let’s Get It On” with his band “Barry Jive and the Uptown Five?” Of course you do, it’s hilarious. – Dan M.

Where to Stream: Netflix

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)

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One of the better directed films I’ve seen in some time, David Zellner‘s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a tightly controlled, beautifully-shot oddity of a drama. The Brothers Bloom and Pacific Rim star Rinko Kikuchi gives a deeply felt performance in this ultimately tragic story. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival well over a year ago, it’s now available to stream after a theatrical run this past spring. #TeamBunzo, indeed. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

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